Charlie Lee is the creator of Litecoin, who also worked as the Director of Engineering for Coinbase. Lee was born in Ivory Coast, moved to the United States at the age of 13, and graduated from high school in 1995. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science in 2000.
Charlie Lee has worked for numerous tech companies, including Google, where he served as a Software Engineer. He worked on YouTube, Chrome, and Play Games. Charlie Lee came across Bitcoin and blockchain technology in 2011 and became quickly became fascinated with this idea.
Although Lee was immediately excited by cryptocurrency, he was unhappy with the early altcoins. He claimed that most didn’t offer any true differences or advantages over Bitcoin.
Thus, Lee created Litecoin in 2011. Its Scrypt proof of work function was meant to keep mining distributed and fair. Litecoin – a cryptocurrency with faster transactions, a larger maximum supply and a scrypt-based hashing protocol that was fast enough to become one of the most popular cryptocurrencies on the market.